U.S. spent nuclear fuel management: Political, fiscal, and technical feasibility

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Successful U.S. spent nuclear fuel management policy must satisfy political, fiscal, and technical constraints. Technical requirements have been thoroughly investigated in the United States and Nordic countries for volcanic tuff, salt, and granite. Fiscal planning requires an inflation-adjusted revenue stream and predictable real interest rate earnings on fund balances. A prompt solution satisfying political constraints requires compromise between the overlapping but distinct goals of seven different sets of interests at the federal level. Absent such compromise, there will be delay until sufficient support for one of three strategies evolves: (1) force the Yucca Mountain repository on Nevada, (2) open a centralized storage facility without coupling to repository licensing, or (3) follow a "consent-based" process for repository licensing. Formulations of each of these strategies to overcome impediments to their success are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1521-1528
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Policy
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Mission plan
  • Spent nuclear fuel
  • Strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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